Alex Halberstadt

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Alex Halberstadt is an American nonfiction writer and journalist.

He grew up in Moscow and in 1980 came to the United States, where he and his family settled in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School, Oberlin College and Columbia University.


Halberstadt’s writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, GQ, Travel + Leisure, Saveur, Food & Wine, New York Magazine, Grand Street, The Washington Post, Lucky Peach, the Paris Review, and elsewhere.

His critically acclaimed biography, Lonely Avenue: the Unlikely Life and Times of Doc Pomus, was named a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and a Best Book of 2007 by The Times (London). Ben Folds and Nick Hornby cited it as an inspiration for their collaborative album Lonely Avenue. [1]

Halberstadt’s magazine writing was anthologized in Best Food Writing 2014 and Best American Food Writing 2018. In 2013 and 2014 he was nominated for a James Beard Award, and he appeared at the 2013 New Yorker Festival. He has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Art OMI at Ledig House. He teaches at New York University and Eugene Lang College.



*Lonely Avenue: the Unlikely Life and Times of Doc Pomus. Da Capo Press. 2007.

Young Heroes of the Soviet Union Random House. 2020.

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